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Going Abroad

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of 2,353 individuals said their employers viewed international experience as important or very important, compared to 63 percent last year, according to a survey by London-based global specialist recruiters Hydrogen Group.

The survey also found that professionals are migrating more widely, says Dan Church, client services director at Hydrogen.

"Five years ago, this might have been [to] New York, London and Hong Kong; now it ... also [includes] the likes of Shanghai, Houston, Vietnam," he says.

Other key findings of the survey were:

International Experience

* 45 percent of those working abroad were older than 40.

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* 45 percent have been overseas for more than five years

* 50 percent plan to apply for permanent residency

* 36 percent of women abroad are between the ages of 21 to 30, compared to 17 percent of men

* 19 percent of women abroad are older than 40, compared to 50 percent of men

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